All the Way to Italy Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, we are sharing our review of an historical fiction novel in our book spotlight!  What did I think of All the Way to Italy?  Check out my thoughts, learn about the book and the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: All the Way to Italy: A modern tale of homecoming through generations past
Author: Flavia Brunetti
Category: Adult Fiction, 222 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction (can fit into YA Fiction as well)

About the Book

Until her dad died, Little considered herself a Californian. Now, thanks to half a letter, a symbol she can’t quite remember, and writer’s block, she finds herself back in Italy, the country of her birth. In a headlong rush to return to her beloved San Francisco, Little will journey throughout Italy, hoping to find the answers she needs to move on with her life so she need never look back. She’ll enlist the help of the woman who raised her, Sira, her father’s sister; but Sira has secrets she’s kept for decades, and Little underestimates the power of the country she fled years before.

In this powerful story of mixed cultures in a world trying to globalize, one girl’s struggle to leave her home behind will lead her back to the women in her family and the memories each of them has safeguarded through the generations. From war-torn Italy to the belpaese of today, All the Way to Italy is a tale for those in search of a balance between wanderlust and the necessity to come home, a reminder that although we may be fragments, we are never a lost cause.

My Review

All the Way to Italy takes Readers on a Journey.  As Little discovers (and re-discovers) Italy--readers explore the culture along with her.  The author's writing style allows readers to settle into the culture and feel "at home" with the main character as she finds herself and her past in her homeland.  This is a wonderful journey for both those who know the Italian culture well and for those interested in visiting. 

This novel is a nice mixture of history, mystery and self discovery.  The author takes readers on a cultural and historical tour of Italy as the characters unveil family secrets and the main character ventures on a journey of self discovery through it all.  All the Way to Italy is not a fast paced, action packed story with plot twists and turns--it is more of a slow paced journey through a family's life in Italy.

Would I recommend All the Way to Italy?  If you enjoy Italian culture, coming of age / self discovery stories with a slower pace and a great deal of setting development and detail--this novel will truly transport you along Little's journey to Italy.  I immediately settled into Little's story and enjoyed discovering her past and following her as she found her place in the world. 

To follow the tour and read more reviews, please visit Flavia Brunetti's page on Italy Book Tours.

Buy the Book

iTunes ~ Kobo

About the Author

Photo credit: Roberta Perrone

Born just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato. Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University. Today she travels the world working for an international humanitarian organization and spends her free time writing and wandering around her beloved Roma in constant search of bookstores and the perfect espresso. You can find her city blog on Rome at and her portfolio of published writing at

Connect with Flavia: Website ~ Blog on Rome ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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